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Does God Lead Us Into Temptation?

Joseph_and_Potiphar's_Wife_LACMA_M.88.91.149It’s often been taught that God brings His people into trying situations in order to produce something good. But if this is true, why would Jesus teach us to pray, “lead us not into temptation”?

Temptation is present everywhere. It’s present with you the minute you wake up in the morning! You might be tempted to sleep in, or tempted to dread the coming day. Temptation is broadcast into our homes through the TV and internet. It’s present through friends who want to do the wrong things. Everywhere you go there are noises and sights that tempt you away from being focused on God.

Temptations often come in the form of attempts to get you to sin. But perhaps they come more abundantly to get you to question God or to weaken faith. Whichever way it goes, temptation is the devil’s business, and he doesn’t let up. It all started in the garden with the forbidden fruit, and he’s offered forbidden fruit ever since.
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Be Free and Forgive!

  The petition to forgive appears somewhere in the center of the Lord’s Prayer. That’s an interesting place for it. It would seem more likely, and is often taught, that we should first get right with God before we move on in prayer. And yet, Jesus brings it in after asking for our daily bread. […] Continue reading →

Praying “Our Father…”

cure for depression   While a multitude of churches around the world make it a weekly practice to recite the Lord’s Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:2-4) is taught to be a model: “After this manner, therefore pray…” Of course, it’s not wrong to recite the prayer. My fear, though, is that in the name of […] Continue reading →

The Prayer of Faith

   Prayer is one of the most important and powerful aspects of the Christian life. The devil knows that he’s in trouble when Christians begin to pray. That’s why it’s so hard to develop our prayer life. There are many hindrances and distractions. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak, and the principalities […] Continue reading →


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10 Mistakes to Avoid in a Trial

  10. Dwelling more on the problem in prayer than on the answers in God’s Word.   9. Rehearsing the worst outcomes in your mind instead of thinking on things that are true, excellent, and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8).   8. Resisting the urge to talk to a friend because you have to keep up an […] Continue reading →

Boldness in the Trial

 Faith is not always a leisurely walk by still waters. The world is more like the valley of the shadow of death! This requires a boldness that is not often acted upon. Boldness is often thought of in terms of speaking confidently, as the disciples were enabled to do by the Holy Spirit in Acts […] Continue reading →